Do you ever wonder why I title these SampleSunday instead of Sample Sunday? I do it because Twitter has this hashtag #SampleSunday and I want to show up on it. So now you know.
My SampleSunday this week is another snippet from SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING, which I call “A comedy of bad manners.” This excerpt kinda shows why I call it that:
SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING — excerpt
by Marian Allen
“I told him about last night,” Honey said. “About how you two tried to talk me into leaving him. He told me what was behind it, that you wanted to move in with him, and you were hoping to use me as bait.”
“Sure. Worms are the bait of choice for barracuda.”
Darryl laughed, and Honey shrugged off his arm.
“Honey,” I said, “believe me: I don’t want Darryl. It beats me what you want with him. He’s dangerous. He’s deadly. If he were a household product, he’d have a skull and crossbones on his label. I mean, there are the remains of a fine woman about you, but look at yourself tonight; just look at yourself–”
Honey slapped me, hard; harder than Darryl had when I’d blocked the bedroom stairs. The sharp, solid sound of it rang over the roof and through the party room. I wouldn’t have thought she had the strength.
She held her hand to her breast, as if she’d hurt herself on my face. Maybe she had; my cheek certainly felt like half of a two-car collision.
Darryl’s eyes shone, and his entire face was flushed.
“Hit her back.”
“What?” I said.
“Hit her back. She asked for it.”
Honey just stood there, willing to suffer whatever blows he directed toward her, even if they came from me. Her eyes looked at me, but they were empty, waiting for me to fill them for her.
“I don’t take orders,” I said. “I never will.”
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A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Is your main character good at taking orders? Why or why not? Write a scene where he/she does the opposite of what he/she would ordinarily do when given an order.